Many walkers wore shirts bearing the names of those they knew who died by suicide along with other sayings. Members of the team above wear shirts that say, “The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never explained.” (Dave Dresdow photo)

By Cathy Kozlowicz


When Bill Rullman’s son, Michael, died at the age of 47, many people, understandably asked Bill what happened?

Rullman, from the Town of Linn, has no qualms in answering that question.

“He took his life,” he said.

Michael died June 13, 2019. “There is no shame. We need to lose the stigma.”

Bill said when he went over his family’s house recently, he saw Michael’s Harley Davidson bike in the garage and his grill outside.

“He just loved to grill. This should not have happened. It never gets easier,” he said.

But he did say connecting with others at the Out of the Darkness Walk at the Walworth County Fairgrounds Oct. 26 is helpful.

“It helps seeing others who are going through this,” he said.

For additional coverage from this year’s walk, see this week’s Southern Lakes Newspapers’ publications in communities throughout Walworth County.

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